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My daughter and her family have lived in Montana for 10 years. We have visited them many times, but this time we discovered something that truly offends our family. Apparently the word “Montucky” is a “Slang term for the smaller, podunk areas of Montana,” and those using this term are implying that “you feel surrounded by inbred rednecks” (UrbanDictionary.com).

This is insulting and a bit surprising, given the fact that Montanans generally think highly of themselves (because of their slightly inflated egos) as tolerant, open-minded, nonjudgmental, enlightened people. “Montucky” sounds very narrow-minded and judgmental to me. I doubt many Montanans have ever visited Kentucky, and that’s too bad. Yes, we have our rednecks, but my goodness, you do too! As far as inbreeding, well, look at your sparse population and think about it.

Here’s hoping my grandchildren that live in Montana do not grow up to have that snobbish mindset.

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